Leap into 2024

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  • posted by Nokie
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    Hi yowzer

    Yes I agree keep the windows firmly shut it’s cold rainy here in England I am on train 🚂 went to see my granddaughter in school concert last night in Bedford but heading home now
    Hope you are ok Dct and your family been thinking of you at this difficult time 💕
    I haven’t done very well trying to loose my Xmas pounds🙈🙈
    Hopefully the next bus 🚌 I will do better save me a seat 💺 it’s my big birthday in April so I need a new outfit as we are going to see mama Mia and meal afterwards
    Hope everyone is ok and doing well
    Take care and look after yourselves everyone
    Lv nokie x💕

  • posted by arcticfox
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    Hi everyone,
    I’m back.
    DCT – sorry to hear about your mum. Be kind to yourself during this time, and I’m glad you have the support of your family.

    I was a bit premature thinking I could get back to fasting a couple of weeks ago. I’m doing a lot better now, though. So I’m going to try to do some days of 16:8 this week and go from there. My clothes are starting to feel tight again, so I need to give this my best shot. I’ve definitely lost all the ground I had gained before Christmas and my legs are feeling heavy and sore again. Some of that is down to the medical advice to eat small, low-fat meals at regular intervals, and some is just me feeling sorry for myself. But I actually found a section in Dr. Bikman’s book on acid reflux and GERD and it said that eating low carb often improves things quite quickly and that there is a strong corelation between insulin resistance and acid reflux (although nobody has figured out why yet). I tried eating eggs and avocados for a day this week and noticed a big improvement, so it seems like the current medical advice might not be so helpful. Are any of us here surprised about that? Anyway, I have lots of eggs, shrimp, hemp seed, veggies, nuts, frozen berries and yogurt on hand at the moment, so I’m all set for a low-carb week and we’ll see if I can make any progress.
    It’s been much warmer than seasonal here, but we had some colder weather this week and today is unexpectedly snowy. We’ve had over 5cm so far and it’s still coming down hard. I was out pulling up some old plants in the garden on Friday, but it seems like winter is not ready to leave quite yet. We’re very glad of this snow though, as we’re in the middle of a historic drought and every bit of moisture helps at this stage. I’m gardening inside today and sowing lots of hardy annuals that I will hopefully be able to get outside by mid-March.
    KOKO everyone!

  • posted by Mariet
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    Hi everyone, checking in after a couple of weeks. Happy to report that I’m down a total of 6.4kg down since the New Year. Even better, I’m down 5cm from my midriff, 6cm from my waist and 8cm from my hips. I had a longish plateau period which coincided with hot and humid weather and as soon as the weather moderated 3kg fell off in a week.
    I’m sticking to a16-8 eating window and really doing very little exercise because of the hot summer weather.
    I don’t know why it’s working now after trying with little success for so long but yay!
    Keep going everyone, looking forward to seeing others results soon.

  • posted by ClarinetCathy
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    Wow Mariet- I’d love to know your secret to that incredible weight loss in 6 weeks- I’m so envious. I read a book called fast feast repeat at Christmas ans decided to follow the protocol. I’ll cut to the chase- I’ve lost 1 lb in 6 weeks so it’s not worked for me! I’m eating in a five hour window but have basically maintained so this week I am tweaking my fasting plan and doing alternate day fasting. I just can’t seem to lose any weight! I had a stressful week last week so I am putting my lack of weigh loss last week to raised cortisol levels- I’ve had to withdraw from my new job as the 12 hour days with just a 20 minute break are not sustainable. It’s a real shame because I loved it. Working for a greedy corporate company who cram the diary full is a clinical incident waiting to happen so I’m not going back. I didn’t sleep for two nights worrying. Anyway, clean sheet today and am going to do alternate day fasting for two weeks to try and get the scale moving. Fasting isn’t all about weight so it might be that things are happening inside. I’m going to go low carb again as sourdough bread has sneaked into my eating window. Back to basics for me. I feel like I’ve wasted the last 6 weeks but maybe I’ve been preparing my body for today! My resolve is steadfast but I can’t find anything that works at the moment!
    Hope everyone is staying strong and Mariet your weight loss is an inspiration!!! Well done and please share your plan with us.

  • posted by Dreamscometrue
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    Gosh Mariet, well done! I’m so pleased that you are seeing results after trying so hard, that’s fantastic.

    Cathy I hope that something shifts for you as well soon. You’re doing all the right things and it seems so unfair that not much seems to be happening. What a shame about the job too, but yes it sounds as if it was unworkable and also risky.

    ArcticFox I hope that you continue to see improvements from your low carb efforts – and good luck with all the planting! I really need to start getting the garden cleared and ready for spring but so many other things to sort at the moment. But it really does need a lot of tlc if I’m to avoid the jungle it became last year!

    Hi to everyone else and I hope you all have a good week. Still over 2 weeks to go before Leap Day. Good luck!

  • posted by Mariet
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    Thanks DCT and Cathy. It feels good to be able to choose clothes from my wardrobe without being concerned that they’ve shrunk around the middle! Still a way to go though. Another 6kg and i would be happy. That would be a higher weight than I achieved last time but I looked drawn and unwell then so I don’t want to go that low again- though I will if it’s necessary.
    I hardly know what to say, Cathy, about how it’s happened because I feel like a lot of it is due to external conditions. I have struggled dreadfully with the weather this summer- usually my favourite time of the year. The humidity has been so enervating and it leaves me feeling nauseous a lot of the time, no appetite. So my serving sizes are drastically reduced. In fact, now I think about it, they are a lot like the serving sizes I had in 2017 when I lost 25kg, haha.
    I have not been rigidly keto. I have allowed some quantities of whole grains, bulgar wheat or quinoa in tabbouleh etc but the quantities are very small. My diet is pretty restrictive at the moment because I can’t face a large meal or any rich sauces. How will I be when the weather cools in autumn!
    My GP is delighted with the progress and want me to have bloods repeated next month to see if it’s making any difference with the NAFLD.
    Your last job sounds like a nightmare! I am glad you didn’t persevere. It’s frightening to be working under such pressure that you can see an accident waiting to happen.
    My younger sister has been rushed to hospital with suspected meningitis or encephalitis. She lives a few hours up the coast and I didn’t find out for more than a day, her poor daughter must have been distracted trying to do everything for her mum as well as her own young family. I am taking my mother up to Newcastle today to visit her, hopefully there will be some answers about what’s going on.

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    Hi everyone,
    Just a quick update to say I STILL haven’t really been present on this bus trip yet but am hoping I will find some willpower for the last week and a bit🤞Well done to everyone who is making some progress and to those, like me, who are struggling, a lot can be achieved in 13 days, the first time I did the Fast800 (I think it was back in 2019) I found the change in how I felt after the first 2 weeks was incredible (less bloated, sleeping better, less aches, just generally feeling ‘lighter’ )so I am going to keep reminding myself of that feeling in the hope that it spurs me on to do the best I can on this bus trip in readiness for our next one. Dawn X

  • posted by Nokie
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    Hi Dawn and everyone on bus 🚌

    I am the same Dawn on this bus trip I was doing do well just before Xmas but gone down hill
    Only myself to blame but as you say 13 days to get back on track before next journey on bus 💕
    I had to let go off my beloved cat this week also heard my husband has to have open heart surgery so it’s been a tough week
    We all seem to have a lot of stress in our lives but let’s hope we can all keep going it’s such a great group even though we have not met
    On a lighter note I am going Wednesday eve to see Michael Moseley and Clare his wife they are touring so my husband got me tickets he will be talking about sleep (which I could do with)!!!also Clare is cooking on stage I think demonstrating an air fryer I haven’t got one but it will be interesting to see
    Have a good weekend everyone be in touch soon and remember be kind to your selves
    Hugs nokie 😘 xx

  • posted by ADD6605
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    Hi Nokie,
    So sorry to hear about your cat, pets really are part of the family and it must have been very difficult.Also hearing your husband needs open heart surgery can’t have been easy.It is hard to concentrate on healthy eating with so much stress.I am sure seeing Michael Moseley and Clare will be inspiring.I have his book on sleep and it’s really interesting.I have an air fryer and it’s brilliant for cooking healthy things in(though I haven’t been doing much of that recently! ) and would be keen to hear about any recipes Clare cooks.Sending you big hugs.Dawn X

  • posted by Nokie
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    Thankyou Dawn
    For your kind wishes I will let you know any recipes she cooks I thought air fryers were not healthy but it will be interesting
    Take care be in touch soon
    Nokie xx💕

  • posted by Dreamscometrue
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    NOKIE I’m sorry to hear about your husband.s surgery. Any idea when it will be? I know you will be a strong source of support to him at this time, but make sure you look after yourself too. We’re always here for you! And so sorry about your cat too 🥲 One of mine had to be pts over Christmas so I can really identify with you there. I hope you enjoy the show on Wednesday. You must tell us all about it. I’ve not yet jumped on the air fryer bandwagon but would be interested to know Clare’s thoughts, and how it fits into our way of eating.

    DAWN I hope that the last 10 days of this journey will be positive for you. It’s so hard to get back in the groove but as you say, when you do, you realise how much better you feel. A bit like a light bulb going on in your head. I hope you can find that switch again!

    On which point, I must admit I’m really cross with myself at the moment. Things were going really well until a few days ago. I’m on half term from school and had to fit in lots of “sadmin” stuff, which I somehow then used to justify eating and drinking far too much. Coupled with also doing less exercise, I’ve managed to regain 3lb since Wednesday!! Now, hopefully most of that is water weight, but I do feel disappointed in myself. Never mind . . . we still have another 10 days left. I’m going to have a restful day today, then get back on my (hopefully!) winning combination tomorrow of either 18:6/OMAD, no wine and lots more walking. If I can just get back to the 139s/140s – where I’d been consistently settled for the last couple of weeks before this week’s lapse – by the end of this journey I’ll be satisfied.

    Hope everyone else is ok, and let’s make the most of these last 10 days!!

    DCT xx

  • posted by Dreamscometrue
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    MARIET just reading older posts and saw the news about your sister. What a shock! How is she doing? I do hope that she’s recovering, and that you and your mother managed to visit as planned. Also hope that your next blood tests show good results. Busy times, and hope you stay well and on track xx

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